The Office: Heavy Competition, 5.24

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The Office Heavy Competition

Writer: Ryan Koh, Director: Ken Whittingham

Summary (NBC): Dwight’s loyalty to Michael is tested when he finds a new hero in Charles (guest star Idris Elba). Meanwhile, Andy tries to provide for all of Jim’s emotional needs.

The Office Heavy Competition rating

In a poll conducted April 16-20, Tallyheads rated this episode: 8.66/10

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The Office Heavy Competition quotes

Pam: Turns out there’s no limit to the number of cheese puffs you can throw at someone’s face.

Pam: The timeline’s messy.

Jim: Now we are going bargain hunting in the haunted graveyard of their love.

Pam: Am I walking down the aisle to ‘You Can Call Me Al’?

Andy: Trust me, you will not be walking, you will be boogie-ing.

Dwight: Doesn’t Charles know he’s compromising my attack readiness? It’s not a dress code, it’s a death sentence.

Jim: I think she just didn’t want a crucifix cake.

Andy: I know a few things about love. Horrible, terrible, awful, awful things.

Pam: I’m here. I’m part of this now.

Dwight: I prefer to stand. Less blood clots.

Charles: I like your work ethic. You’re so … focused.

Michael: Is it Mose? Did you put the cover on that well?

Michael: You respect dibs, don’t you?

Michael: Is the cool new guy Charles? Is it Stanley?

Jim: I’m pretty emotionally needy.

Andy: Let me be your traveling pants.

Michael: I … understand … nothing.

Michael: I got hit in the face with a pee-filled water balloon.

Andy: Tuna, be nice to my friend, Jim, okay?

Andy: So what? Your body’s a ten.

Dwight: I think you have the wrong number, Michael.

Michael: I am going to steal all of your clients, and then I am going to kill them in front of you.

Dwight: Oh look, everyone, we’re all making observations!

Ryan: Look at that old dude and his Rolodex go.

Dwight: It’s not exactly like ‘Highlander,’ but still.

Michael: Dwight, not now, we’ve been robbed.

Dwight: Their meatball parm is their worst sandwich!

Dwight: How is Brenda, age four, ponytail, and Simon, age seven?

Dwight: And on the back, he wrote, “Great salesman, better friend.” “Tall” and “Beets.”

Michael: It is like you are buying software from Bill Gates.

Dwight: Spin move!

Dwight: I barge because I care.

Dwight: Notice my persistence and recall.

Michael: Orange means “orange you glad I didn’t bring it up?”

Dwight: How is Tom, the homosexual sophomore?

Michael: What purpose did that serve, apart from abolishing slavery?

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  1. My favorite episode in a long time. I want to know how long it took to shoot those cheeseball scenes! (No pun intended.)

  2. Felt like an old-school episode. Jim pranking Andy. Jim and Pam are actually planning a wedding! Dwight forced to wear long sleeves. No Jim and Charles tension!! And the cheese balls. Oh, the cheese balls. Best cold open and tag in a while.

  3. Really enjoyed this episode. Well-rounded and I love how the crew at MSPC is “bonding.”

  4. Funniest moment – the camera pans to Jim, grinning behind the window. Everyone watching burst out laughing! So good.

  5. Fantastic episode. Dwight doing a spin move before going into the office was a hilarious. Jim’s prank was awesome. #1 holly-gram, I totally agree with you. That was the best line of the night. The whole episode was amazing.

  6. This show is starting to feel fresh with the whole michael scott paper company thing. Good episode

  7. Wow…

    They actually ended the episode with Dwight and Michael pitted against each other (which shocks me, since things like this usually get resolved). But honestly… Michael and Dwight make AWESOME enemies. Also, Jim and Andy? Great stuff. A beyond-solid episode of Office, probably one of my top 10 for the season.

  8. I have to say that Andy’s Here Comes Treble demo is one of my all time favorite moments of The Office ever. Well done episode! (Spin move!)

  9. “Tuna, be nice to my friend Jim.”

    That line cracked me up. I knew when I read the summary that Jim would be screwing with Andy. Loved the episode!

  10. All of the gags with Michael’s rolex, especially when Dwight misused them, made me laugh SOOOO hard tonight.

    “Spin move!”

    I will pray to Thor himself that this quote gets onto the Tally-banner.

  11. Laughed more tonight than I have in long time. The timing was perfect for every scene and the writing was awesome – too many lines to quote. Two thumbs up, Gold Star and 10 points!

    So excited for the rest of the season…

  12. I, too, was wondering how many takes they had to do for those cheeseballs-in-the-mouth scenes! (That’ll be a good questions if the writers do a Q&A.)

    Loved when the cheeseball landed in Pam’s hair!

  13. Although I know Jim Halpert is not real, I would like to thank him (and therefore the writers who put words in his mouth and JKras for his brilliant portrayal) for saying exactly what I needed to hear from someone, ANYONE tonight. I’m not in Andy’s situation by any means, but I did have doors slammed on both a possible living space and a possible relationship on the same day today, so when Jim told Andy to keep looking because he’d find what he was looking for, I almost lost it. This is why I love this show. It’s so genuine and human, and it never fails to connect with me for at least a moment every week. This time was just more overt and coincidental than usual, so I felt like sharing. Overall, great ep. Left me craving cheese balls. TWSS.

  14. Best episode of the season! The cheeseballs, Dwight’s long sleeves, Andy’s traveling pants quote, Dwight’s spin and the whole time he was in the car with the cellphone, and Jim kicking the lunch bag was pure Dunder Mifflin gold.

  15. Good episode. I agree with those who believe it felt like an old school episode.

    Nice to see the crew of the MSPC getting along, and yet still getting nowhere.

  16. I just finished watching this episode a second time. Loved it! There are too many highlights to mention, but I must say: Rainn Wilson, you are one brave man! LOL :)

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